On Sunday I charged up my Garmin, dug out my running shoes, and headed out for a short run. It felt awesome to get out all my old running clothes! I hadn’t worn them in so long that they all felt new! I decided to just run- no time goals, or even distance goals. I would just go out and do what I could. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t want to push myself too hard.
I’ll admit, I thought I’d get out there and feel comfortable at an easy pace. Boy, was I wrong. It was tough! As I was running my first mile I questioned how I ever ran 26! I pushed myself to get to the first mile and then I could take a break. I was shocked to see I ran that mile at an 11:00 pace. By how I felt I thought I would have been at least in the 9’s!
After taking a break (I ended up seeing my mom drive by so she stopped to chat) I started mile two. A good song came on Pandora and I picked up the pace. I guess I felt a little more warmed up. I felt much better in the second mile, even with a slight incline, and ran it in 10:45.
At the end I felt tired, but thrilled to be running again. I know with time my speed will come back. I also know with time my endurance will come back. For now I am just going to enjoy the run. I’ve missed that quiet time, taking in all the sights, smelling the fresh air (or laundry, or the grill, or the smelly trash-ha), and just that sense of accomplishment you get after you finish a run. I need to get my pace back down so I can run with my brother again.
I felt sore yesterday which was something I hadn’t felt in a long time! I loved it! I am already looking forward to running again this weekend! Who knows, maybe I will be able to run just a little bit further & a little bit faster 🙂
If you had a baby, or taken a significant time off running, how did you feel on the first run? Did it get easier as time went? What did your training look like?